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Genuinely shocking drivel from someone who should know better:

http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/road-cars/opinions/the-problem-with-cy...

Can't believe they would put this kind a garbage on their site

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jova54 [651 posts] 2 years ago
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Motorsport used to be the pinnacle of motor sports reporting, now it's just a yuppie version of Top Gear.

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rainman onwheels [11 posts] 2 years ago
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Continuing with the top gear theme...

Best case scenario - Matey-jim wrote the article just to make a name for himself with a kind of "jeremy clarkson says offensive stuff and look how rich he is" mindset and he doesn't actually believe what he's written. Also, contrary to what he would have you believe, matey-jim is actually a very safe driver.

Worst case scenario - he was writing from the heart. In this case I would say he must be missing some DNA that most of us take for granted.

Fingers crossed everyone!

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BigAl68 [72 posts] 2 years ago
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Lots of the comments under the drivel passed off as journalism do stick two fingers up to him so maybe the readership have more brains than he gives them credit for.

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netclectic [134 posts] 2 years ago
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Is it just me or has the page since been deleted?

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notfastenough [3674 posts] 2 years ago
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Usual trolling, but I am at least heartened to see a majority of decent comments, including at least a couple of Road.cc staff...

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dave atkinson [6214 posts] 2 years ago
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netclectic wrote:

Is it just me or has the page since been deleted?

yeah, they pulled it, looks like. nothing like the courage of your convictions, eh.

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notfastenough [3674 posts] 2 years ago
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Hmm, I wonder whether they've pulled it because the author has been made, via the comments, to look like a selfish prat whose right foot is writing cheques that his skills can't cash, or because they just don't want the negative PR from all the fuss.

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giff77 [1251 posts] 2 years ago
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I reckon the negative PR. They originally pulled the pic that misrepresented why a cyclist was in the middle of the road. Though judging by the comments the journo was taking a savaging for his masterpiece.

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Daveyraveygravey [411 posts] 2 years ago
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His name is Andrew Frankel, I used to quite enjoy reading his car stuff, but not now. Bet he has a twitter feed, going to let him know what I think...

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Dr_Lex [286 posts] 2 years ago
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notfastenough wrote:

Hmm, I wonder whether they've pulled it because the author has been made, via the comments, to look like a selfish prat whose right foot is writing cheques that his skills can't cash, or because they just don't want the negative PR from all the fuss.

This is on their twitter account:
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(https://twitter.com/Motor_Sport/status/464365608248033280)

The comments which I read on the website prior to the article's removal were certainly less aggressive and abusive than I've seen here - must be sensitive souls or the last few postings (unseen by me) went full retard.

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downfader [203 posts] 2 years ago
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Dr_Lex wrote:
notfastenough wrote:

Hmm, I wonder whether they've pulled it because the author has been made, via the comments, to look like a selfish prat whose right foot is writing cheques that his skills can't cash, or because they just don't want the negative PR from all the fuss.

This is on their twitter account:
//pbs.twimg.com/media/BnHCDzZIYAAQN-x.png)

(https://twitter.com/Motor_Sport/status/464365608248033280)

The comments which I read on the website prior to the article's removal were certainly less aggressive and abusive than I've seen here - must be sensitive souls or the last few postings (unseen by me) went full retard.

Hmm I read some of the last comments on that. Relogged in to the page about 20 mins later and the article was gone. I dont remember anyone declaring themselves as a rider and being threatening - most were saying how let down they felt by the publication and the author...

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OldRidgeback [2616 posts] 2 years ago
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The comments following the explanation for the article being pulled are interesting. Most are good and point out that racing drivers are often keen cyclists and also that road positioning for cyclists is a matter of safety. But there are some ignorant trolls there as well. The original article was already gone by the time I tried the link so I can't comment on it.

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Cyclist [295 posts] 2 years ago
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Did anyone copy it?

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dannycarr2k [29 posts] 2 years ago
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dannycarr2k [29 posts] 2 years ago
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You can view a cache of the page by typing/copy&pasting the below in front of the above link when you enter it in your browser's navigation bar

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:

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tomisitt [54 posts] 2 years ago
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I suspect the removal of the article has less to do with "aggression and abuse"in the comments section and more to do with the fact that it made them look like idiots. Even long-time Motor Sport readers thought it was utter drivel.